In this exclusive Hero’s Guide excerpt on the blog, Mod Podge Bookshelf, you can be introduced to tween princess Lila, the only of Hero’s Guide’s heroes not to be based on a pre-existing classic character. Once again, the excerpt is accompanied by awesome artwork by Todd Harris.
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom has received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, who says, “Healy’s fast-paced debut is overflowing with suspense, humor, and carefully developed characters. Healy injects age-old characters and fairy tale tropes with a fresh, contemporary sensibility, resulting in a crowd-pleaser with laugh-out-loud lines on nearly every page.” Full text of the Publisher’s Weekly review is posted on the Reviews page of this site.
Head over to You Know, For Kids to read the wonderful recommendations, reviews, and commentary from dad-blogger extraordinaire, Myles McDonnell. Whether you’re looking for books, TV, music, or movies, you’ll find fantastic suggestions, laid out for you with spark and panache. Oh, and there’s a very nice review of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom there as well.
Zip over to Novel Novice (where I’ll also have an interview next month) to find an excerpt from The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kigndom. This snippet reveals some of the backstory between our Cinderella and, Frederic, her Prince Charming. It’s accompanied by more lovely art by Todd Harris.
Two more fantastic book blogs have posted exclusive excerpts and sneak peek art reveals from The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. The first, on The Book Rat, details a bit of villainous backstory. The second, on A Backwards Story, gives you a glimpse of the might Prince Gustav in action. I hope you’re as blown away by Todd Harris’s illustrations as I was.
Today, the fantastic blog, There’s A Book, is playing host to a quartet of new Hero’s Guide illustrations by the awesome Todd Harris. There’s also an excerpt that will give you a sneak peek at Snow White’s dwarf friends. Plus, blogger Danielle Smith has some very nice things to say about the book. Check it out.
I am proud and privileged to announce that The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom has received a top rating of 5 Cheeseburgers from the fabulous new kid-run reviews blog, The Maniac Society of Young Book Reviewers. Eleven-year-old Benny says Hero’s Guide is “a great book,” and that “it has a sense of things pre-teens would like.” Thanks, Benny!
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom got a starred review from Kirkus, which says that the book’s “fairy-tale world is tongue-in-cheek but fleshed out, creating its own humor rather than relying on pop-culture references.” They go on to add that, “in this debut, Healy juggles with pitch-perfect accuracy, rendering the princes as goobers with good hearts and individual strengths, keeping them distinct and believable.” According to Kirkus, Hero’s Guide is, “inventive and hilarious, with laugh-out-loud moments on every page.”
For the full text of the review, see the Reviews page here on my site.
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom got some first-line love today from Publisher’s Weekly. Elizabeth Bluemle selected the opening two sentences of Hero’s Guide as one of this year’s “Great Beginnings” in her latest post on the Shelf Talker blog. Now I just have to hope she enjoyed things from the third sentence on. (*fingers crossed*)